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Nosy Be Archipelago

Listed under Islands in Madagascar.

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These islands to the northwest coast are the most tropical of Madagascar’s islands and the beaches here are lush and romantic. The reefs off some of the islands are lovely, especially that off Nosy Tanikely which is an island marine reserve. Lots of turtles choose this spot to lay their eggs on the wide, sweeping, sun drenched beaches.

The centre to stay at in the region is Anakao, a traditional style fishing village. Staying here you’ll feel like you’ve washed up on a remote island in the middle of no where, where life is slower and more detailed and closer to what we think of as natural. Most people will stay in the more built up areas but it’s good to be somewhere more remote and unspoilt; you’re also closer to the beaches and you’ll get a better idea of what the people are like here. Anakao is also beautiful. Locals say it’s one of the nicest beaches around and the lagoon behind it is a pristine turquoise, but sadly the reef has been bleached so it’s no longer on the ‘must do’ list of snorkelling sites. The market here is also excellent, lots of fish of course but interesting local produce as well.

Nosy Ve is a good day trip to take; it’s reef is still largely undamaged and it’s got lots of exotic animal inhabitants, which is part of the appeal of Madagascar, including some spectacular birds.

Written by  gracie.

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